Sunburn

Example of sunburn on shoulder

What is
Sunburn?

Sunburn is skin redness, swelling and tenderness caused by overexposure of unprotected skin to excessive UV radiation - not by the sun’s heat. This means our skin can burn even on breezy, cloudy or cold days, and can also be caused by the use of sunbeds. 

Sunburn can range in seriousness from mild to moderate to severe. The first redness of sunburn usually takes 4 hours after overexposure to appear and is likely to worsen during the subsequent 24 to 48-hours.

Example of sunburn on back

Types of
sunburn

Mild to moderate sunburn is characterised by red, warm and tender skin and usually takes 3 to 4 days to get better. Soleve has been developed for pain relief of this kind of sunburn. 

More serious burns result in painful and swollen skin that blisters and can take several weeks to get better. Any other symptoms that may occur at the same time, such as fever, sickness, vomiting, rash, headache, confusion, weakness or even convulsions (fitting) require immediate medical attention. Do not use Soleve in these circumstances because it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.

longer term
consequences
of sunburn

Although the pain and redness of sunburn will eventually disappear, some permanent skin damage can occur, leading to premature skin ageing (such as wrinkles and age spots) and possibly even skin cancer.

These effects are cumulative, so it is especially important to know how to avoid sunburn in childhood. Skin cancer from sun overexposure is a serious health problem in the UK that can be fatal. It is estimated that there are 100,000 new cases each year (Source: NHS).

It is important to note, however, that responsible, limited exposure to the sun is beneficial. It increases our sense of well being, enables our skin to produce essential vitamin D and provides opportunity for physical activity.

Example of permanent skin damage
Example of using Soleve lotion on sunburn

are you at risk
of sunburn?

Unfortunately almost everyone has been, or will be, sunburnt at some point in their lifetime. However, certain people are at more risk than others. Fair-skinned individuals have a higher chance of getting sunburn as their skin produces less melanin and sunburn can develop after very short exposure periods (minutes only in strong sunlight). However, darker complexions can also burn under strong sunlight exposure.

How can
soleve help?

Containing two active ingredients, 1% w/w ibuprofen and 10% w/w isopropyl myristate, Soleve is a medicine specifically developed to relieve the pain of mild to moderate sunburn.

Ibuprofen is a well-known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) - a powerful painkiller which helps reduce inflammation. The lotion delivers therapeutic levels of ibuprofen directly into the sunburned skin. Isopropyl myristate is an emollient which effectively soothes and moisturises by trapping water in the skin.

Soleve sunburn relief packshot
Example of when person can get sunburnt

TIPS TO AVOID
SUN DAMAGE

Responsible Sunbathing

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